Sunday, August 1, 2010
Turbines Too Loud? Here, Take $5,000
July 31, 2010
Residents of the remote high-desert hills near here have had an unusual visitor recently, a fixer working out the kinks in clean energy.
atricia Pilz of Caithness Energy, a big company from New York that is helping make this part of Eastern Oregon one of the fastest-growing wind power regions in the country, is making a tempting offer: sign a waiver saying you will not complain about excessive noise from the turning turbines — the whoosh, whoosh, whoosh of the future, advocates say — and she will cut you a check for $5,000.
“Shall we call it hush money?” said one longtime farmer, George Griffith, 84. “It was about as easy as easy money can get.”
Posted by Yulie Foka at 12:30 AM